Quest for Diversity Triggers Debate Over Role of Race, Gender in Judicial Selection Process

, New York Law Journal


The diverse list of contenders for the Court of Appeals released last week, and the general assumption that the open position is a "black seat," has caused some members of the bar to question whether race is a legitimate, or even constitutional, consideration in reviewing candidates for the state's court of last resort.

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  • Michael

    Melting pot doesn't sound right....backed-up sewage or untreated waste water better describes the elitst 'Just-Us System' of New York State. If you 'lobbied' for, 'contributed' to, or 'fellated' the correct legislative/judicial/elective member of the government, and you paid off all the hands stretched out toward you (from the State, to the City to many others, including sitting justices, pseudo-representatives, etc..) then they will give you a chance to be named on a ballot (or assigned by the current Prince) to a judgeship. You want to fix the Just-Us System, make a requirement that ALL JUDGES can not be attorneys. Oh wait, that would remove the extra-layer of protection the negligent, inept and immoral attorneys now enjoy. Who will save the Citizenry from the graft and corruption that is an epidemic IN ALL ASPECTS OF GOVERNMENT (federal, state, city, local)?


    Hey, are there Asian Seats? Native American Seats? South Asian Seats? Why would anybody want legal reasoning, legal knowledge, judicial temperment, or any other irrelevant consideration to the selection of judges when we have diversity? Let's end the controversy by admitting it's all political, and then adjourn to happy hour. After all, in vino veritas, and these days, it seems to be the only truth left.

  • Thomas Mennella

    So much for "The Melting Pot" of yester year'

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